Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Wondering - Always Wondering.

I'm 2 weeks into my latest showing of the work I have been labouring over for the past year. I lost one week in the beginning of the month due to a trip to Nice, France which I felt was a great source of inspiration for work that would come afterwards.  The time immediately after coming home was spent frantically putting this exhibit together and left me wondering if it really was the most urgent thing in this world, or if anyone would even notice or care if I stopped painting altogether.
Negative thoughts are, unfortunately, a part of my process - both the painting process and all of the other life stuff.  Not unlike everyone else on the planet.
No one would likely care if my painting quietly disappeared from civilisation.  I'm not sure of what is coming down the pipe in the next 20 years.  All I know is that what I have done in the past 20 years has given me a trove of experience and has transformed my painting from merely nice, to much more expressive. My experience with color has given me confidence. My experience with line, form and composition has given me an eye for what works for me and what doesn't. Maybe the next 20 years will have me discovering something unique - I'll never know if I give up and throw in the towel now. With the EXPERIENCE I have under my belt, you'd think confidence would be a bi-product.
I think I'm mostly disappointed with the lack of curiosity from anyone who knows that I paint and thinks that because they saw something years ago, that the same sort of work is still being produced.
There is no way that, given my freedom from having to produce "saleable art", that I would continue on a conventional path. Maybe it's not ground breaking right now, but I think that when a creative is freed from commercialism, the mind can wander into new territory. I'm on my way there.  I will try to be more positive.  I, at least, know that I am breaking new ground every year.

 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 100 x 70 cm.
 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 50 x 40 cm.
 ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 100 x 70 cm.

ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 80 x 100 cm.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Good that I caught myself reading an article about owning your content, be it on your website or blog or portfolio or whatever.  Suddenly I got the urge to share what has been going on in my studio the last month. Lots of hours have been spent there and it seems that I am getting teased out of my usual method of working, urged to use different colors/new colors that I have purchased, but not included in my usual repertoire and coaxed to play more (and that is really HARD!). I have mostly been an intuitive painter, but underlying all my work is nature as inspiration. Nature walks, botanical gardens, rivers, oceans, fjords......I will always see some relation to these elements in my final product. I paint what I want to see. Photographs can be beautiful, but an personal interpretation of nature through the eyes of an individual can be just as fascinating-or more.
Anyway, my freedom with my materials, and the seemingly endless hours in the studio make for lots of experimentation and changes in technique. When stuck, I found that if I just doodle on the canvas-no matter if there is a direction or hours of work already there, I will force myself to redirect that attention. Never giving up-but never taking something so seriously that it can not be changed, has almost always taken me in a new direction that has built up my artistic intuition. I dare to mess it up, because I know that I can always come back to it, but more important, because a new breakthrough might be just around the next swash of color or line.  Be Brave-a note that has been hanging on my studio wall for 20 years, never looses it's relevance.

all paintings, acrylic on canvas/linen with highest/artists quality paint. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

OK. I know that I've been delinquent in keeping this up to date because I thought that this account was over and done with. I've been having some issues with WordPress and thought our relationship was through.  Now I just randomly typed in my acct., and up popped this.
OK, I thought, I'll update and see what happens. Just hope I don't write a LOT of dialog and then it all disappears when I push "post"...
I have been very busy, both with developing new work, and all the other duties that life presents. When I'm not in a position to be at the studio (vacation, holidays in the mts., etc.) I can do it for a while, but if it stretches out to weeks.....then I'm slowly turning into some kind of beast that resents everything that's holding me back. When we're not creating, we're not only NOT moving forward, I feel that I am backsliding. When I finally make it back in the studio, it's like it takes me a while just to remember how to use the equipment again....not to mention what to paint.  One good thing is you see your work with very fresh new eyes, and that can be a catalyst to change what's not working.
OK. Here is a small sampling of some of the newer work that has manifested itself in the past few months. The is an event coming up in Bergen the 27th and 28th of April called B-Open in which over 130 artists in Bergen are opening their studios to the public for a chance to connect.  It's not a sales event, just a way for people to see what you do, see where and how you work and have a little conversation with like minded.  I'm thinking it's a great opportunity to have a little exhibit in one of the long halls we have in our building, and hopefully meet some new people and connect with friends and neighbors.  I really hope that it will be the informal stage that allows people to dare to enter our working space and see how we try to make something out of nothing.
Here are a few of my latest paintings that I am working on for my next exhibit in September at Lille Atelier, Lille Øvregt. 16-Bergen.

Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 40 cm. 

Acrylic on canvas 100 x 70 cm. 

Acrylic on canvas 100 x 80 cm. 

Acrylic on canvas  45 x 60 cm.

Acrylic on canvas  100 x 120 cm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Fall of Fall......

Considering that it's one week until we turn the clock back and hour, spring and summer came and went without making much of an impression. The wet weather this year has left me kind of in limbo-not really inspired and not really .... anywhere. My exhibit in Grimstad in June was a pleasant exercise, but not much more than that. Soon after installing it, I broke my shoulder, and the next couple of months were spent in a sort of rehab. Luckily, one of my sisters from the US came to Norway in July and lifted my dwindling spirits-even the sun gods showed up for her. A trip to Spain in the end of July & then, France in September saved my artistic endeavors from falling totally off the wagon. Some good work was done in the middle of some of these trips and the current exhibit in Lille Atelier is some of the best work I've shown.  Getting some P.R. for an exhibit in this town is pretty much impossible, as the newspapers no longer find it important to publish a list of galleries and exhibitors. New galleries are popping up all over the city, run by the artists themselves and some traditional format galleries, but don't expect Bergens Tidende or Bergens Avisen to let the public in on who's exhibiting and what type of art they are presenting. More than a few of the people who I had conversations with in my gallery this month have expressed frustration over not knowing where to get info. on this. What is the solution? Why is visual art being ignored in this city? Both the artists and the public deserve better treatment.  Anyway, once again I will share that I am currently exhibiting the following paintings at Lille Atelier, Lille Øvregt. 16, Bergen-just to the right of the Fløybanen, one block over towards Korskirke Allmening, from now until the 29th of October, 2017. This last week I am planning to be there Tuesday-through Friday from 14:00 til 18:00, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 til 17:00.

Friday, January 20, 2017


Where the heck did the time disappear to? I can't fantom that January is nearly…February, and I haven't aired a word on this blog since before my last exhibit.  Shame on me. I have updated a little on Facebook, so that was SOMETHING. I guess I had so little to say, what with Christmas, my broken ankle and crutches ruining my painting time.  The ankle got broken on the 18th of December, so Christmas turned out "different". I usually put off taking down the tree and putting away the other decorations, but this last Christmas, I just wanted to forget. The tree was down day after New Years…ditto with anything that looked "Christmasssey" around the house. Felt very good. Now, even after having returned to Bergen, I have only had one day at the studio so far in January. Talk about cabin fever….I took advantage of a relatively not-so-wet day to crutch my way over to the studio, up 5 flights of stairs, and plopped myself down at my desk and it felt sooooo good. The work that I left in December was starring at me from the walls like a puppy dog wanting to go for a walk….???????? I need time to think, and time to write in order to get my head back in this space for creating again. That is sometimes so easy…..Boom…..can immediately see where I went wrong on a painting right away after a little break. This time, I will have to use some time doing preliminary preparations. By the way, a light in the tunnel is one sold painting from the group exhibit now going on in January at our Lille Atelier gallery in Bergen. (!!!!!YES!!!)  Hopefully I'll jump into the ring again here next week and for sure when I get the cast off 6 February, I will be like a wanderer in the desert who has run out of water, but finally found it…….I can not survive without the elixir of life….creativity-in my way.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's nearly the end of October…..Halloween just around the corner, and I am having an exhibit of the last 2 years work (not ALL of it) at our gallery, Lille Atelier in Bergen, opening on Friday the 4th of Nov.  Am I nervous?????  Not yet. The Posters are at the printers, the framing is at the carpenters, the paintings are not all signed and cleaned up, but that's coming this week. Basically, I'm on schedule.  The style of my paintings has changed ever so slightly over two years, and I am more able to let myself have the lee-way to go with the flow. Authenticity is hard-fought.  I don't want to paint like someone else, and letting myself have the freedom to charge ahead into totally unknown territory is frightening, but I think it's the only way to find truth. Freedom…..that's so hard.